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14 September 2005
See the video of the President's performance today at the UN. Here's a rundown of what he said: He said thanks for help with Katrina: "Your response, like the response to last year's tsunami, has shown once again that the world is more compassionate and hopeful when we act together." He said terrorism must be confronted: "The terrorists must know that wherever they go, they cannot escape justice." (Does anyone think it's weird he keeps referring to "the terrorists"? Who is he talking about?) He calls for the world's nations to implement the Monterrey Consensus for economic development in the developing world (hello IMF). And he announced a new international partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. On Iraq: "the whole world has a vital interest in the success of a free Iraq -- and no civilized nation has an interest in seeing a new terror state emerge in that country." On UN reform: "If member countries want the United Nations to be respected -- respected and effective, they should begin by making sure it is worthy of respect."

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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